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The Lid: Donald Trump's Party Problem

There ain’t no party like a political party -- because a political party is filled tensions and infighting.
Image: Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Atlanta
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump exits the stage after signing autographs during a campaign stop at The Fox Theatre on June 15, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton continue to speak out on national security and immigration issues in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Branden Camp/Getty Images)Branden Camp / Getty Images

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There ain’t no party like a political party -- because a political party is filled tensions and infighting. At least if you’re Donald Trump and the RNC, according to some crack reporting from our own Katy Tur and Hallie Jackson. On the one-year anniversary of the start of Trump’s campaign, they report there is growing frustrations between Team Trump and the Republican National Committee. There certainly has been no shortage of examples of Trump and members of the GOP not being on the same page since he became the presumptive nominee, but the battle here has to do more directly with the nuts and bolts of running a national campaign. At the heart of the issue, sources tell NBC News, is that Trump continues to remain committed to the same strategy that won him the primaries. He has failed to staff up and RNC officials say they feel as though they are viewed skeptically as meddlers rather than potential resources.

Democrats, meanwhile, certainly have their own unity problems as Bernie Sanders (as of now) has not endorsed Clinton and is calling for new leadership at the DNC. But the Clinton campaign’s move Thursday to place an ally as DNC chief of staff indicates they are so far weathering the disunity much more effectively. And there is little doubt Team Clinton is prepared to put forth the resources it will take to wage a 50-state campaign.



“I can't predict the future. This is the craziest political year that you and I have ever seen.”

-- Ohio Gov. John Kasich interview on Morning Joe.


Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Houston Friday night.